June & August 2016 Shoes and patternmaking courses

I have included a field trip day as part of our shoemaking course this year, A day to go visit the suppliers of leather and tools and for the future shoemakers to meet those people, Ted Heslop of Moore-Pearsall Tannery is a man who knows his leather not to mention his humour,  I am lucky  to have these students taking my shoemaking course and listen to me for 3 weeks, They walk out after 3 weeks knowing how sharpen knives and skive leather, How to make waxed leather and above all the science and art of pattern cutting, lasting and welting, They would not be masters at these skills until years later if they wish to continue.


Whole cut shoes


Old red bison leather and veg tan kip lining, The edges are burnished using Carnauba wax.

Shoemaking & Patternmaking courses for 2016

Here are the dates for two shoemaking courses in 2016 and there might be a third  for the fall of 2016 which i will post the date later. The course is 3 weeks long, 5 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm. Each student will get to make two pairs of shoes, A pair of Derby and a pair of Oxfords in plain. Knife sharpening, thread making and sewing will be demonstrated, Tools and leather are provided during the course. The cost is $2800. Canadian.

To reserve a seat for the course is to submit feet measurements (form provided) and %50 of the cost.

For more info, email me:   nasser.vies@gmail.com


The dates are:

June. 6. 2016 to June. 24. 2016

August. 8. 2016 to August. 26. 2016               Full.

I have added a course for the fall of 2016.

October 24, 2016 to November 11, 2016                      1 seat open






Lace ankle boots

If fit is the aim, this cut will deliver, Calf upper and natural cow lining.

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Plain wingtip


Wingtip Oxfords

This made to order pair is in calf leather upper and vegetable tan kip lining.



Derby Ankle boots

This pair is in calf leather upper and fully hand welted, The edges are glazed with white waxes made in our shop.IMG_1914 IMG_1915 McInnis boots